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LUXURIES & GUILTY PLEASURES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE

‘’NO PLEASURE IS A GUILTY ONE PAST 40’’ I’ve always loved beautiful things and a touch of luxury in my life and I’ve been very lucky to experience some wonderful luxuries over the years, especially during my years dancing on … Continue reading

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YORKSHIRE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH – DEVOUR, HOLMFIRTH, WEST YORKSHIRE

LUNCH AT DEVOUR RESTAURANT, HOLMFIRTH As Tony & I lead busy lives it’s not often just the two of us get to go out for a meal on our own. I don’t work Fridays so last week Tony booked the … Continue reading

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MY YORKSHIRE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

As lockdown continues, one of the things I’ve been extremely grateful for is once again being able to dine out at some of the wonderful restaurants we can boast in my beloved & stunning home county of Yorkshire. Each month … Continue reading

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HELLO OCTOBER 2020

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH 1. A lovely leaving party (of less than 30 people) for 6 of my students that are leaving us to go to Dance Colleges & University (luckily just before the new lockdown rules of … Continue reading

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AFTERNOON TEA AT HOLDSWORTH HOUSE

My mum & I were incredibly lucky to be gifted a Prosecco Afternoon Tea at the stunning Holdsworth House in Halifax West Yorkshire & so on my day off last Friday we eagerly anticipated our visit. Holdsworth House is a … Continue reading

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AUTUMN TOUCHES FOR THE HOME

Somehow, it’s already the end of September, how did that happen? The weather throughout September has been lovely so it’s still felt like Summer & I’ve managed to squeeze a few more weeks out of wearing my Summer wardrobe but, … Continue reading

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HEALTH CHECKS FOR WOMEN IN THEIR 40’s

There is nothing more important than looking after yourself and having regular check ups to ensure all is well. As you move into your 40’s it becomes more and more important to check the things you can at home and … Continue reading

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CHANGING MY MINDSET TO CHANGE MY LIFE

2020 has definitely been a testing year and a year of life lessons & I for one am determined to take as many positives from it as possible. I’ve always been a worrier and a people pleaser and have suffered … Continue reading

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OWNING A CAVACHON DOG & HOW IT’S CHANGED MY LIFE

Around 4 years ago my husband Tony & our children Isabelle & Max were constantly nagging me to agree to us getting a puppy, but I really wasn’t keen. Tony was brought up with dogs, but I wasn’t and, although … Continue reading

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HELLO SEPTEMBER 2020

Well it really is back to reality with a bump this month. Belle and Max are ready to go back to school, I’m back teaching in the studios & Tony is back in the office 3 days a week. He … Continue reading

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SKILLS I’VE LEARNT IN LOCKDOWN

On Thursday 19th March we were told schools & businesses were closing and we all had to go home. As a dance teacher and owner of a Theatre School I had to make the heart breaking decision to temporarily close … Continue reading

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POST LOCKDOWN BLUES

Life is slowly starting to get ‘back to normal’ or, the most said phrase of the moment ‘the new normal’ and instead of feeling happy about it, these last couple of weeks have left me feeling rather flat. When I … Continue reading

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RICK STEIN’S FISH

FALMOUTH, CORNWALL We were lucky enough to spend a few glorious days in Cornwall this Summer & even more lucky to be there when the beautiful weather appeared. One of the things on my wish list was to dine at … Continue reading

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ERIC’S RESTAURANT

HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE This year Tony & I celebrate our 17th Wedding Anniversary and our restaurant of choice was the fabulous Eric’s in Lindley, Huddersfield. We’ve dined here many times before and it never disappoints, this time was no exception. … Continue reading

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BACK TO CENTER PARCS – OUR HAPPY PLACE

We’ve been going to Center Parcs annually since Isabelle was a baby and we all love it. It’s always been a lovely break away for us along with our holidays abroad and it’s given us so many wonderful memories as … Continue reading

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A WEEKEND IN BEAUTIFUL CORNWALL

As lockdown restrictions began to lift, I was still in the thick of having to run my entire dance school online with no light at the end of the tunnel. There was a midway point where I definitely had Zoom … Continue reading

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HELLO AUGUST 2020

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH 1. More relaxation of Lockdown rules which enabled us to go out more & see more people 2. Going back to one of my favourite restaurants in my home town ‘Harveys’  3. Lots of … Continue reading

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WHATS HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD WEEK 17

AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS DAY 112 – MONNDAY 13TH JULY As most lockdown restrictions are being lifted, this is going to be my last week of writing my lockdown diary. I’m so glad I started it … Continue reading

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BUYING CLOTHES IN YOUR 40’S

On my 40th birthday I had a fabulous figure and wore a stunning dress to my party. In the 5 years that came after my 40th without realising it, the weight kept creeping on year by year. Don’t get me … Continue reading

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WHATS HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD WEEK 16

AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS DAY 105- MONDAY 6TH JULY I drove over to my studios for the first time today to see that everything was ok and what will need doing on our return. It felt … Continue reading

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SMALL CHANGES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER

Once I reached 40 I was determined to make some permanent changes in my life! Suddenly at 40 you feel like you should be a ‘real grown up’ and certain things you may have done or put up with in … Continue reading

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PERMANENT CHANGES I NEED TO MAKE FOR THE BETTER AFTER LOCKDOWN

It has certainly been a strange past few months for everyone! Covid has brought with it heartache, stress, worry, loneliness, financial hardship and many other repercussions that will materialize over the next few weeks and months. But people never fail … Continue reading

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WHATS HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD WEEK 15

AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS DAY 98- MONDAY 29TH JUNE I’ve decided I’m going to carry on this Lockdown diary for another couple of weeks then stop when I finish work for my summer break. I’m so … Continue reading

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HELLO JULY 2020

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH 1. Lots of evenings in our new Lay z spa 2. More freedom to see family & friends 3. Glorious weather after a very wet start to the month 4. Family time family time … Continue reading

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WEEK 14 – WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD? AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

DAY 92 – MONDAY 22ND JUNEAfter a gorgeous weekend, I’ve spent the day pottering in the garden which I’m really enjoying at the moment. I then went to one of my close friends houses for a socially distanced drink in … Continue reading

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MY BEST LIFE ADVICE

I love podcasts whilst I’m driving and I’ve recently discovered Grazia Life Advice podcast which interviews women with something to say and asks them to pass on the best 6 pieces of advice they’ve had and the one worst piece. … Continue reading

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WEEK 13 – WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD? AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

DAY 85 – MONDAY 15TH JUNEToday is my parents 52nd Wedding Anniversary so I’ve had an afternoon tea delivered to them which they loved. We’re going to pop round for a BBQ later on which will be lovely!!The weather has … Continue reading

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WHAT I’VE LEARNT IN LOCKDOWN 2020

I’m good at boosting people up when they’re low I’m a good listener Family time is beyond precious Some changes in lockdown have been for the better and I’ll be sticking to them Just how important it is not to … Continue reading

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WEEK 12 – WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD? AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

DAY 78 – MONDAY 8TH JUNEA few more restrictions lifted this week but it’s still very confusing. The weather is awful too which is making people feel a bit flat. On a plus note today I organised another lovely workshop … Continue reading

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WEEK 11 – WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD? AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

DAY 71 – MONDAY 1ST JUNEJune, how on earth did that happen?Another lovely sunny day! Belle & Max were back on with their school work today and got on with it really well. Max panicked a bit when he opened … Continue reading

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